Campbell: I Didn't Perform To Best Of My Ability Versus Lomachenko

Luke Campbell doesn’t want to hear about moral victories.

Much has been made of the 2012 Olympic Gold medalist and former two-time title challenger serving as the toughest test in the young career of unbeaten contender Ryan García (20-0, 17KOs). The storyline is usually assigned to the fighter deemed as the gatekeeper in the equation, a measuring stick to the young gun on the rise.

England’s Campbell didn’t cross the Atlantic Ocean just to serve as a footnote in García’s career, but rather the one responsible for ruining it.

“I want to prove that I’m the best in the division,” Campbell emphatically stated during Thursday’s final pre-fight press conference ahead of their scheduled 12-round main event (Saturday, DAZN, 5:00 p.m. ET). “I want to beat the best in the division.” 

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That moment has yet to come for Campbell, having twice come up short on the title stage. The 33-year old southpaw from Hull, England dropped a narrow decision to then-lightweight titlist Jorge Linares in September 2017 and falling well short in a 12-round defeat to Vasilily Lomachenko in their multi-belt title fight last August in London.

Campbell was credited for proving to be a handful for the supremely skilled Lomachenko (14-2, 10KOs), though he has taken such feedback as false praise. No longer interested in being a runner-up, the British southpaw has conducted some serious soul searching over the past 16 months, along with preparing himself for a career-defining performance on Saturday.

“My strategy is to win by any means possible,” insists Campbell. “Everybody’s said I performed well against Lomachenko. Me myself, I know I didn’t perform to the best of my ability.

“I’ve watched it back, I’ve trained and have brought myself to be the best I can be.”

The scheduled 12-round bout will air live on DAZN from American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The winner will become the mandatory challenger to the lightweight title currently held by Devin Haney (25-0, 15KOs), who will be on site as part of the DAZN broadcast team.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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